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THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
|Coordinator Country||United Kingdom [UK]|
|Total cost||5˙395˙296 €|
|EC max contribution||5˙395˙296 € (100%)|
1. H2020-EU.3.5.3. (Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials)
|Duration (year-month-day)||from 2016-02-01 to 2020-01-31|
Take a look of project's partnership.
|1||THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER||UK (EXETER)||coordinator||1˙562˙336.00|
|2||TERRATEC GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES GMBH & CO KG||DE (HEITERSHEIM)||participant||1˙010˙000.00|
|3||Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland||DK (KOBENHAVN K)||participant||469˙350.00|
|4||EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN||DE (TUEBINGEN)||participant||382˙006.00|
|5||NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL||UK (SWINDON WILTSHIRE)||participant||367˙487.00|
|6||THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS||UK (ST ANDREWS)||participant||367˙135.00|
|7||MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE||CZ (BRNO SEVER)||participant||330˙375.00|
|8||UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA||IT (CHIETI)||participant||289˙312.00|
|9||GEO-AFRICA PROSPECTING SERVICES CC||NA (WINDHOEK)||participant||237˙010.00|
|10||LANCASTER EXPLORATION LIMITED||VG (ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA)||participant||150˙392.00|
|11||NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM||UK (LONDON)||participant||138˙625.00|
|12||A. SPEISER-ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS CC||NA (WINDHOEK)||participant||91˙266.00|
Five of the 20 raw materials identified by the European Commission as critical are commonly found in association with alkaline rocks and carbonatites (heavy and light rare earth elements, niobium, fluorspar, and phosphate). Other elements increasingly important for ‘hi-tech’ applications, and found in these rocks include hafnium (Hf), tantalum (Ta), scandium (Sc) and zirconium (Zr). In fact, there is a greater chance of a carbonatite complex having resources economic to mine than any other rock type (about 20 active mines in ca. 500 known carbonatite complexes).
Less than 3% of critical raw materials supply is indigenous to the EU. However, deposits are known and exploration is ongoing in parts of northern Europe. In central and southern Europe the presence of abundant alkaline volcanic rocks indicates the likelihood that deposits exist within about a km of the surface. This project will make a step-change in exploration models for alkaline and carbonatite provinces, using mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry, and state-of-the-art interpretation of high resolution geophysics and downhole measurement tools, to make robust predictions about mineral prospectivity at depth. This will be achieved through studies at seven key natural laboratories, combined with Expert Council workshops. The results will be incorporated into new geomodels on multiple scales.
In contrast to known deposits, Europe is well endowed with expertise. The project brings together industry partners involved in exploration, geophysics and environmental assessment with two geological surveys, a major museum and five universities. The results will make Europe the world leader in this specialist area. They will give the four SME industry partners world-leading expertise to develop and expand their businesses, transferring their business expertise from Africa to Europe. The project will help give European ‘hi-tech’ industry the confidence to innovate in manufacturing using critical raw materials.
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